12/04/2013 new movies short reviews by Natasha and Alex M
Farewell, My Queen NEW
Gorgeous women, chaos and passion - just a normal everyday life of anyone, right? Perhaps for Marie-Antoinette's ladies-in-waiting, whose job is to read books to the bored Marie Antoinette - yes. They are all backstabbing, gossiping and dirty in any possible way. One of Marie-Antoinette's readers is simple, quiet and innocent but she makes her way to the Queen effortlessly and surely. Nobility of the higher society on the other side is only shown on public and soon forgotten: it is replaced by greed, emptiness of the souls, shallow interests around lovers and fashion, lust and unbalanced emotions. There are Her Majesty final days before she is beheaded by Revolution and her bread-hungry-people-rebels if I am not mistaken in history flow. The Queen is nervous,she is unmistakenly a chosen one by her posture and her beauty and her fate is defined by her actions. The drama is not felt while you watch the movie, only the uncertainty and mad disorder in the Versailles palace will leave you on a nervous break down after the movie so please be careful with the side effects. Pleasure? - yes but my price was a bit dear - I was close to hysterical. But soon we all be no one... Rate: 9/10
HAUTE CUISINE NEW
It is a movie about professionals and about passion.
This movie would be terrific for those of you who adore cooking and have an eye for perfect dish decoration and meals presentation.
It is interesting to observe how professional can create that very special atmosphere no matter where he/she is and what reality he/she exists in: a presidential palace or at a ship travelling to Antarctica.
There are always people exists that will cross your way criticizing and even hating your ideas. It is funny to see how unprofessional people judge your work no matter what you do and what profession you are in - it happens everywhere. They try to tell you about how you should run this or that or as simple as - the cost of what you do in the place where the costs never get discussed. But I believe all independent thinking people experience such ridiculous encounters.
SONG FOR MARION NEW
This is one excellent movie about real life and complex relationship between people of different ages. There are a couple of thoughts:
1. how can i make you smile and happy?.. how long are you going to be grumpy man with no rainbows in your eyes? life can end unexpectedly, tomorrow! what will you end up with? grief or joy from every moment in the past you lived? live it to the fullest and cherish every single instant of your life as there will be no other on this plane... this one is a gift, your gift to yourself.
2. when you look at me like this - with sadness and lack of emotions i can see only "no tomorrow" deep inside of you and me. i want you to laugh at stupid things and smile with me, sing with me the best song of our life. it is one life as we share it. because tomorrow will never begin - it is only today - here and now which is important... the past and the future - does not matter as there are not here with now.
3. it is funny and enjoyable to watch.
4. "i love you. you are my rock"
5. great new song by celine dion that ends the movie - please see and listen below:
First Position NEW
wow - full house at the movies today... we were lucky to get the last two seats in the second row of a small cinema - new addition, part of Como Palace Cinemas. The seats were actually very very good and comfortable and would take the first place in the Gold Class Village and La Premiere Hoyts cinemas competition. Anyway... Documentary?.. Sorry Alex, I did not read the movie description and did not watch the trailer beforehand... My fault again... But the movie starts and we are in the other world of dancing, dancing and dancing: victories small and enormous, broken bones, blood, ice and tears, emotions and somewhat dull performers, brilliant young talents and children pushed by their parents to the top (with no success as you have to love what you do to achieve that pleasure of your job-expressing-nirvana space)... There is everything the world of ballet can offer and more... Russian ballet teachers and competition judges are everywhere - it is like a parade of distinctive James-Bond-movies accent. The Palace cinema is full of young ballet dancers and they react on every little remark in the movie by laughter or some sharp and loud comments - the girls are graceful but a bit nervous as this word is so familiar to them... Did we cry - yes as some of the movie parts are very moving especially when the hard working people from poor countries like Columbia and gifted artists-orphans from African countries win the toughest ballet competitions in the world - they get prestigious scholarships, they get awards and thy get jobs in the most recognizable world opera and ballet houses and theaters. We cried of happiness for them - it is so touching. You will love the movie...
RUSSIAN DISCO FROM AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS NEW
The craziest movie ever - I have not seen anything like this more like a Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. But to be honest with all my love to the latter UK blockbuster this movie is not that good at all... More suitable for teenagers and very young and empty headed generation. Russians immigrants in Berlin - can not imagine anything worse than this.... The colors, the trashy set ups and the camera work is very good though... and the music selection is sooooooo bad... gosh! I could not stop laughing as they are totally not Russians these crazy bunch of randomly speaking people! But the stupid ones always win... Let's see what Ivan-durak has got for nothing...
Thérèse Desqueyroux NEW
The story line
The movie is based on one of the most famous of François Mauriac's novels. The novel is set in the Landes, a sparsely populated area of south-west France covered largely with pine forests. The story can not be more simple: Thérèse, has been tried for poisoning her husband Bernard by overdosing him with Fowler's Solution, a medicine containing arsenic. Bu the simplicity as usual brings up author's talent and novel's deepness and sophistication. Despite strong evidence against her, including prescriptions she forged, the case has been dropped; the family closed ranks to prevent scandal and Bernard himself testified in her defence. On the journey home, Thérèse reflects at length on her life so far, trying to understand what brought her to continue poisoning her husband after she observed him taking an accidental overdose. She suggests that her actions were part of an "imperceptible slope", caused in part by the pressures of motherhood and marriage and the stifling life of a Catholic landowner's wife in 1920s rural France. However, neither Thérèse, nor the narrator himself, provide a clear explanation for her behaviour.
Thérèse assumes that she will be able to leave her husband quietly now the case is over. Instead, Bernard announces that she is to live at his family house, Argelouse, in an isolated spot in the pine forest. He effectively confines her there, giving out that she suffers from a nervous complaint, and making the occasional public appearance with her to quell any gossip. His concern is that the forthcoming marriage of his younger sister Anne, to a suitor approved by the family, is not prevented by any scandal. He allows Thérèse no company other than unsympathetic servants, keeps their daughter away from her, and threatens to send her to prison for the poisoning if she does not cooperate. Thérèse lives mainly on wine and cigarettes, falls into a passive stupor and takes to her bed. When she is ordered to attend a dinner party for Anne, her fiancé and his family, she does so, but her emaciated appearance shocks the guests. Bernard decides that the scandal will never be fully forgotten unless Thérèse is allowed to disappear without controversy. He promises she can leave after Anne's wedding, and moves back to Argelouse to supervise her recovery. The wedding over, he takes Thérèse to Paris and bids her farewell. There will be no official separation and no divorce, and she has an allowance to live on. She is free to go.
Short analysis in a couple of thoughts
1. is it simple curiosity to observe the close one suffering or a rebel's soul trying to escape the reality in any possible way, is it hatred or this is all because of the pines? Therese's actions would be explainable if she had a lover and wanted to kill her husband but her actions do not have any ground and her deeds have no reasonable explanation that you can fit into your moral world. There is simply no reason for that. In my opinion it is a boredom of a rich woman trying to find an excitement in any possible way...
2. so delighted to see a yacht with red sails - a symbol of freedom and adventure, the yacht with her possible love on it. the movie is full of such symbols: forest doves trapped in a soft net, chasing and hunting rabbits and rabbit's lifeless body lying on a kitchen bench and many more scenes with wild animals... Such a strange destiny she created for herself. how many of us are getting trapped first under our parents unfulfilled dreams pushing us into unwanted relationship and us trying to please them dearly most of the time. How many of us got trapped later in the same relationship with our husbands trying to always look happy for them and fulfill all their small wishes, living their programs, their lives and excepting this without thinking what our own program is here, what is our purpose in this place and time...
3. finishing on the light note: she is free now: broken but free and smiling... what her life will bring her next?..
Added Alex's thoughts too:
1. this is a multi-level movie as a very simple story has got lots of complicated underwater currents and streams
2. Theresa's character belongs to introvert's type. She is calm and emotionless on the outside but her life is so different on the inside and her emotions are burning like fire. The director's genius showed it in a couple of her imaginary actions: jumping out of the train, burning down her property at night (pure imagination) and then her fainting while serving her sick husband a drink (it is already her inner life showing up in real). Her real life is discussing properties, hunting and gossip. Her inner life are pure emotions that are never discussed in the family.
3. There are so many small details that Alex noticed and I did not, and on the contrary - he did not notice and I did. This movie can be watched twice for sure.
4. Anna, Theresa's best friend and Bernard's sister meets a love of her life - a man who can finally makes her feel real emotions and passion. But in reality he appears to be fake. Theresa cracks him like an almond. But that leads Anna to find herself a partner, a smaller version of her own brother - stupid, simple and emotionless man who can only see how big their house is and talks about his business, investments and money. Theresa is predicting her best friend's life will be just a copy of her own...
5. Last scene - Theresa and Bernard are at the Paris cafe and he finally understands why she did try to poison him - at least his eyes show it (brilliantly played), so called a story of sensual existentialism is opening up... and he leaves the table and then.. oh, no he comes back... she looks at him with hope. His last words: "everything is paid for" leave her empty-hearted. 6. Audrey Tattoo plays her character amazingly and so talent-ly as it is very hard to play a person who does not show up any emotions on the surface but all the work is done inside. Even her eyes remain cold but you can still see sparkles. Very hard role but performed with a perfection of the actress. Astonishing!
The Other Son NEW
For both us watching this movie it was not really clear and that close as we are not Arabs nor we are pure blood Jewish. Alex smiled and he was sad sometimes; as to myself I could hold from laughing and crying at some moments.
Please note that this movie will be quite sensitive and even dramatic in some parts for most Jewish and Arab people. As to us - we simply would like to see both parties under one roof living happily. This is the highlight; the details:
The story is based on the true events taking place in a Holy Land. Two sons, one of Hebrew origin and the other of Palestinian are switched during the evacuation rush while at the hospital right after their births. 18 years passed and the sons were both raised in the other families - one as a Hebrew boy and the other as an Arab. The DNA test showed it to the surprise of all four parents. The events develop in the most predictable way...
There are some quotes that we really liked and laughed at:
"Are we going to give him back?" (little sister) "Am I the other one?" "Am I still Jewish?" "Is he more Jewish than I am?" "Am I an Arab now?"
However the position of rabbi is very clear - total rejection of a human being from his community: " It is written that great challenges are for great men. God loves men as a father loves his son... I am sad for you... Judaism is not a belief. It is a state. A spiritual state of being tied to our own nature. Your real mother isn't Jewish so neither are you". Some movie parts are very sensitive and even heart breaking...
One thing we all need to remember: your kids are not your kids - they are free spiritual beings, they belong to everyone and to no one. They had chosen you before they were conceived and born; they had chosen you as your parents for apparent reasons.
Secondly, your identity is beyond the country's geographical boarders, beyond nationalities and beyond any other social, political and economical boundaries. The other identities except who you are artificially induced by the false believes, by the religious and political institutions with one aim: to divide you and to keep you away from the truth of who you really are.
Due to my mixed blood I am not Russian, nor I am Jewish or gypsy or Ukrainian. I am not going to limit myself with such a poor description of myself being something: Russian or Jewish. I am everything there is and I embrace with pleasure all nationalities, all geographical positions including hair and eyes color and even your life choices... Only by accepting everything you will feel you do not have any limitations as a spiritual creations of God (read: The-Self). This is the only way to change the pattern of the canvas as by changing one piece of the puzzle the whole picture will suddenly change to the brighter and better one...
For some of us this movie will be an open discussion and for some - eyes opening if you are ready for this.
I also believe that most of the religious believes and traditions were originally based on the climate conditions, on the environment where people lived tied to a particular places, on the moon phases, on the seasons changing and on many other aspects of life which was originally maintained in harmony and close to Nature. Some of the (especially) fasting traditions were created for the people to feel a presence of God inside of them; the physical aspect of not eating or just restraining from some foods was on the second level and would be just a naturally organic way of achieving the purpose of spiritual cleansing and enlightenment.
Blindly followed traditions can damage not only your esoteric bodies but your physical one too. I also have noticed that people in the Southern hemisphere follow the traditions developed by the Northern hemisphere cultures without noticing simple seasons' opposite presence. The dates of Ramadan and Orthodox religious fasting-s should have been mirrored-reversed according to the seasons in the Southern hemisphere as this is vital for the human body pace. But this is just a BTW note...
Hyde Park On Hudson NEW
Very interesting movie from a historical point of view but IMHO it is a bit dry and slow despite a very good level of actors' performance. Some of you might enjoy it as the nature scenes are pictured beautifully. It would be also interesting to observe the life of women sharing and loving one man,women knowing about each other, accepting the situation for the sake of being with the person they love unconditionally - half of the cherry is still a cherry. The movie is witty and some episodes are done brilliantly. I loved the King and the Queen of Great Britain performance the most. "Can I please call you Elizabeth?" website to read more
Audi Festival of German Films 2013
Festival Dates: 1 May, 2013 - 15 May, 2013 Participating Cinemas: Kino Cinemas, Palace Cinema Como
Presenting a wonderfully audacious collection of contemporary German cinema, the 12th annual Audi Festival of German Films celebrates the rich diversity of one of Europe’s most dynamic and creatively renowned cultures. Showcasing 45 award-winning films and documentaries from inspiring thrillers to wry comedies and critically lauded feature dramas, the Festival will take place across 8 cities throughout the first two weeks of May, and, for the first time, will include Newcastle and Byron Bay.
With two movies and yummy German snacks for lunch full of guests and experts and smoothly organised by Ned and Co Marketing and Publicity http://www.goethe.de/ins/au/lp/prj/fia/ffg/fil/pom/enindex.htm Today we review two movies watched at the opening night that we adored. Please note that some movies are screening only once and get booked very quickly so please make your selection fast.
Shores of Hope Audi Festival of German Films NEW
This is a very strong movie about trust, dreams, freedom, life choices and betrail. When there is nothing left in your life: your love, your kids, your wealth, your dignity are all taken from you and you are left with pain there only one thing you live with: hope. Can Hope make you stronger, can you win in the game with filthy authorities and politicians and stinky rotten institutions that preach one thing and do the other. My daughter lived in Berlin and visited the hidden cells of famous Stasi Prison where they kept and tortured political prisoners. That was a shock of her life as she was never exposed to such inhuman treatment. I believe lots of our readers will discover that love finally conquers everything but will you be able to survive and reach this day?..
Lost in Siberia Audi Festival of German Films NEW
Prepare to laugh out very loud as you might first have a culture shock: the movie has way too many Russians for one German movie and it is about Russia and it is filmed 90% in Russia, in a small town called Kemerovo. Then you might be moved by the beauty of the people and the far away country side nature. Ther are so many thoughts here as the movie is also spiritual and it is so very close to me personally… "You don't choose Love, Love chooses you...", “Death is not scary, it is simply falling from one world to another…” and so many other deep thoughts you can only verbalise in comedy… Can you? He needs Her like he needs air to breath and She is that air but does She need Him in her life already full of complications?..
Please browse some photos from Audi German Film festival 2013 opening night: for TV and Media
Return To Nim's Island
Some movies even not that deep and philosophical but simple and straight forward leave you with a light feeling being one with Nature and with good mood day dreaming. This is one of those movies. Good not to watch just for kids and teen ages but for adults who like watching exotic animals and adventure.
Apart from good looking, stunning, finely built, blue-eyed, tall, blond, Nordic-Viking-like looking men there are lots of other much more interesting things to adore in this movie:
1. very complex psychological relationship of people in closed team: on a hand-made boat in an open ocean with no escape and no hiding facing troubles on a daily basis
2. leader's behavior, his natural ability to smooth down conflicts and to be a real power and soul of the group
3. how a new team member fits into the group of friends and how he gets finely accepted after his life is saved by his enemy
4. about amazing, powerful people who lead to their life purpose neglecting the obstacles. Sometimes there is no other proof to the idea but their own example and the leader's theory practical application.
5. the blend of movie genres: historical, adventure (commercial so to speak, as it keeps you on alert for the entire movie), and documentary - very dynamic and organic mixture.
6. how the unusual ideas move forward and help us to evolve in our knowledge and help us to develop science, history and geography
7. amazing actors' performance: not even mentioning magnificently shaped performance of the major characters, but even small and smilingly insignificant roles are played with no mistakes but pure natural perfection.
8. You would like to travel on Kon-Tiki with the main heroes after this movie... just take lots of medicine with you and shark repellent powder...
Rust and Bones
There are characters that we have troubles to understand: whores, boxers-fighters with easy money, thieves, neglecting and beating their children and acting like animals, instinctively. They go to bed with no feelings, they smash and bash each other: way too much bleeding and broken bones in the movie… Their world is just basic and simple like two times two.
But look at them from the other side: when real drama and when love comes into life how it brings together the missing and forgotten parts and how it shapes them in the way it shapes all of us: removing unneeded shells and purifying the soul with strong and powerful feelings. It is like the true conversation facing god… Extraordinary story that brought tears to my eyes.
1. Life is an amazing thing: today they prosecute and humiliate you (for nothing of course) as there is no judgment in this world except the one coming from yourself. The next day you cure the prosecutor’s wife from cancer. How would you do it and what would you feel? I observed such paradoxes many times in my life as I was involved in the “cure” part. You remove your emotional attachments to the person you heal no matter who he/she is and what he/she did to you in the past. This is how it works – it does not work if you continue judging in revenge… The formula is simple – this life is not about the others – it is about your self and about what YOU feel and experience as a soul
2. The sounds in the movie are amazing… That was the first comment we did in one voice with Alex when leaving the theater. The sounds are rough, unpredictable, like invasions into your inner space, they are barking like your distant past and they are light like your future…
3. The movie final is so vague like watercolors and so questionable – it is almost impossible to think about possibilities… Uncertainty,brief hotels encounters, expensive presents, quick la-la-s in the silence of the grass and some bright unknown careless future from one side and there is a warm home, magnetic eyes, loving care and life-giving job that you can not live with out on the other side… Personal choice – is not defined and it does not matter – you decide the destiny of the characters yourself as a wise observer and it will be written in their eyes as you design it…
AFFF 2013 - The Fields of Enchantment
If you could film the most beautiful poetry that would be the movie called The Fields of Enchantment. If you have kids let them play outside a lot and observe the Nature as this is the only way they can learn about this world; there is nothing else to learn. The rest is art(ificial) - made by human creativity. There is God inside all of us of course but the ones who created this planet and Nature are so powerful that this might be beyond our comprehension.
The movie reminded me our village vacations at my grandmother's cottage house located close to Ukraine. You could spend the whole day with animals - they never demanded anything from you. It was so much to do at the creek, next to the river, in the garden picking up the most scented apple, and in the fields or in the forest...
Oh, how we waited for these summers to meet with our cousins, to fall in love with them again - for a month or two, to sit next to them around the camp fire, to bake and burn potatoes, to make jokes on each other and say stupid things... And in the day time - to watch the birds and the insects.... We could spend hours, observing bees collecting pollen and sweet dew honey from yellow acacia flowers; ants antenna-ing each other and fighting with neighbors after killing caterpillars and flies. We could watch dragonflies with their rainbow color eyes making love to each other, bright blue butterflies with tiny velvety wings and funny frogs; rushing lady-birds in the enchanted and scented chamomile and wheat fields and wild strawberry forests; white and fluffy elm tree seeds, spread by winds randomly; juicy necklaces made from native beads, out of red berries, whistles made out of grass; happy unforgettable swallows' jet-flights; cat-fish that we could see moving slowly under the water and that mystery of the underwater worlds, bottomless skies at nights... We could watch them all for hours. I probably knew hundreds of flowers and grasses by their folk names - all forgotten perhaps... but the memories would come back as soon as I see them again... Missing Europe so much!
Did we see the same dreams with the movie director? Or we were there at the same time, in my poetic childhood? I am usually bewitched by such movies...
AFFF 2013 - FLY ME TO THE MOON
We are at the Palace Cinemas counting the numbers of empty seats in the theater and there are none... All sold all taken. The theater is full of French speaking and non-French speaking like ourselves. The movie starts and they all laugh laugh laugh. This was probably one of the finniest movies I have seen in the last year. The comedy is romantic with a French happy ending as you expect it. Main heroes travelling to Moscow and their adventures there brings out the memories but no time to admire the Temples, the snow and the Palaces as the actors take you on amazing journey - Russian hats and dancing are the hit! But the best scene is no-gravity flight IMHO...-keep giggling, laughing and smiling... Charming! Go and watch now!
REBELLE (aka War Witch)
This is one of those movies when you sit in the theatre and pray, and pray, and pray. You pray with your eyes closed and with your eyes opened… The guns are invented too early; Kalashnikov should have been the first one to try his invention on himself and burried after together with his first gun… (on this matter the guns should not have been invented at all: time is a pointless matter to discuss)… The humanity, at least some of its members have their level of consciousness still on the “monkey scale”, never progressed, never evolved, the self realisation will probably never touch their forehead at night time, no at the day light…
Raping, killing, killing, bleeding and machete-ing the enemy with no hesitation and no emotional attachments, as there was never God on this planet and as if they, themselves are not humans. Ego, power, money, sex and venge, voodoo magic, magicians and witches, endless wars for nothing and for everything they have (t-shirts, grigri and diamonds (ha!)), anger and low shadowy emotions are leading them to the edge of existence with no tomorrow and the-white-calcium-colour-dust covered vision-less and ghostly past.
We could not find any character to fall in love with, darkness starts from their teen aging and the sun never rises up even with a white rooster song. The rooster is voiceless and probably it is blind as all these people are.
Like a bullet ricocheting from a wet grey stone on the beach of a black African river… we left the theatre with only one thought: “horror to the extreme of its reality”. BTW we could not find any leaflets at the cinema to share with our friends – we thought it was done on purpose…
Camille Rewinds (AFFF 2013)
Few thoughts about the movie: 1. excellent actress performance considering her very complicated character she played 2. Eric's sweet words about love when he told Camille about his feelings: "planets attracted to each other. no use fighting it." 3. Camille and Alphonse Da Costa, a scientist, le prof de physique's dialogues are full of light humor 4. the less we love / pay attention to a men (a women) the more he (she) is attracted to us (one very primitive thought of ours) 5. another very banal thought of ours which is pictured very beautifully in the movie: we only appreciate something when we lose it and never when we have it... 6. is Camille miserable twenty-five years later after she met that Love of her life? 7. who ever said that time traveling was fun and easy? 8. sweet and funny French comedy with some provoking and unexpected paradoxes... 9. our thumbs up again for Noémie Lvovsky, an actress and a director 10. there are no relationship perfection - just take what it brings you...